Applying for admission to Palma School is an easy three-step process. You’ll need to submit:
  • Online application
  • Test fee payment 
  • Teacher Recommendation and Release of School Records forms
Your son will be considered for admission once we receive these materials.

When filling out the online application, you will be asked to register for an admission test. If you have a conflict with the dates cited, you may contact us to make a test appointment. The purpose for the admission test is to evaluate where your son is academically so we may design an appropriate course of study.

There is an $85.00 testing fee for the admission test. This fee may be paid ahead of time by mailing to Palma/Office of Admission, 919 Iverson St., Salinas, CA 93901. The fee may also be paid on the day of the test. If you miss or cannot make your scheduled test time, please contact the Director of Admission. We will re-schedule your test. The results of your son’s test will be mailed to you within three weeks of the test date.
The Director of Admissions at Palma School is always eager to help should you have a question about the application process. Call 831.422.6391 x241.
Lastly, deliver the Teacher’s Recommendation and Release of School Records forms to your son’s school. These forms can be downloaded using the links on the right, from the online application site or can be picked up at the school office. The forms will also be available at our open house. There are two recommendation forms: one goes to your son’s current English teacher and the second goes to his current Math teacher. Please include envelopes with Palma’s address so the teachers can mail the forms to us. The Release of School Records form should be given to your son’s school’s front office so they may send a current transcript and test scores directly to us. Be assured that we will keep the information contained in all of these forms confidential.

Once the test results and forms are in our possession, the Admission Committee will review your son’s file and make a decision regarding his admission to Palma. Palma’s Admission Committee will start meeting in mid January and you and your son will receive a decision soon thereafter.

Please Note: Current Palma 8th Grade students who are interested in attending high school at Palma are not required to fill out the online application nor to sit for the admission test.


Palma School, a private school for young men in the Diocese of Monterey, mindful of its mission to be a witness to the love of Christ for all, admits students of any race, color, national and/or ethnic origin. While Palma School does not discriminate against students with special needs, a full range of services may not be available. In order to be considered for admission to Palma School, a student must have met the following prerequisites:
  • Successful completion of grade 6 to be admitted to the junior high school, or successful completion of grade 8 to be admitted to the high school.
  • Proficient scores on admission tests provided by Palma School which indicate potential for a successful transition to our college preparatory curriculum.
  • Positive recommendations from the student’s current school, along with a copy of the student’s transcript indicating that the student is in good standing.
Applicants who fall below these prerequisites, but have shown the potential for success, may still be considered for admission, provided resources are available to meet their needs.
Students at Palma School come from a wide variety of backgrounds and socio-economic strata and the Admission Committee understands that any one piece of information is not sufficient to render an accurate picture of your son. By weighing multiple sources, we can better ascertain your son’s unique strengths, gifts and talents.
    • Junior high students enjoy lunch and camaraderie in the cafeteria.

      Junior high students enjoy lunch and camaraderie in the cafeteria.

Palma is a private, college-preparatory school for boys in grades 7 through 12 owned and operated by the Christian Brothers Institute of California. Palma School is dedicated to providing young men an excellent education in a Roman Catholic environment that embraces the Essential Elements of an Edmund Rice Christian Brother Education and challenges each individual to develop spiritually, intellectually, morally, physically, and socially.
919 Iverson Street . Salinas, CA 93901 . 831.422.6391

Palma School is a 501(c)3 corporation owned and operated by The Christian Brothers Institute of California.